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June 29, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling and Julie Makinen
If the 2012 class of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invitees seemed a tad more diverse than in past years, you weren't imagining things. Academy officials say 14% of the 176 new invitees are people of color, an increase over 2011, when the percentage was 10%. Among the African Americans invited were actresses Octavia Spencer, Kerry Washington, S. Epatha Merkerson; "Soul Food" producer Tracey Edmonds and “Think Like a Man” producer Will Packer; 77-year-old animator Floyd Norman; documentarian Sam Pollard; studio executive Michael Marshall; and director Kasi Lemmons ("Eve's Bayou")
February 27, 2005
How can Maria Elena Fernandez say "ER" has been "long considered the gold standard of diversity"? [" 'Lost' Takes an Odd Path to Diversity," Feb. 13]. Nearly one out of every six doctors in the United States is of Asian descent, yet producer John Wells waited five seasons to include one Asian American regular, played by Ming-Na. Wells, like most Hollywood producers, does see race first. A white person is allowed to play anything, but a person of color is usually added only after the more dominant (white)
April 10, 2007
Re "Diversity 90210," editorial, April 7 Beverly Hills High School's ethnic makeup reflects the residents of the surrounding neighborhood. The same is true of schools in East L.A., South L.A. and Monterey Park, yet I have never heard of a need to diversify any of those schools. Forced diversity seems like a great idea, but it doesn't work. Most children and adults alike tend to form cliques with those of the same culture. Just as wonderful neighborhood enclaves of certain ethnic groups naturally form and exist in almost every major American city, so they will within the microcosm of a school campus.
September 13, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Here's a new one for those forward-thinking Dodgers: They announced Friday they will host an LGBT night on Sept. 27. In their announcement they never actually explained that LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The team that broke baseball's color barrier, that brought in the Hispanic community with Fernando Valenzuela and the Japanese community with Hideo Nomo, is now reaching out to the LGBT community. They've come a long ways from when they kicked out a lesbian couple for kissing at a Dodger Stadium game in 2000.
March 28, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The 40-year debate over affirmative action at state universities generally has been conducted in terms of general principles. At first, advocates emphasized the importance of compensating African Americans (and later others) for the effects of generations of discrimination, while opponents contended that the Constitution must be colorblind. Later, the debate shifted to the claim that there are educational benefits to a racially diverse student body, a rationale for preferences that the Supreme Court grudgingly has accepted.
August 25, 2010 | By Julia Love and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
The recently enacted financial reform legislation tries in numerous ways to change how Wall Street companies and their federal regulators act, but a little-noticed provision aims for something potentially more difficult and controversial — altering how they look. To promote diversity in the largely white male world, the law requires each of the 30 federal financial agencies and departments, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and all 12 Federal Reserve banks, to establish an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion.
December 27, 1998
Will you please refrain from quoting anyone whose idealism can be summed up in the phrase, "I really like the diversity of the neighborhood" ("Craftsman's Cradle," Dec. 13)? This politically correct phrase belongs on the scrap heap of "some of my best friends are. . . ." I wouldn't justify my choice of housing with, "I wanted a 'diverse' neighborhood." I wanted a house I could afford. It turns out that house is in a neighborhood that includes Hispanics, Indonesians, blacks, whites--and so what?
December 30, 1991
Diversity is only one factor that accounts for the wreckage of American public education, including our colleges and universities--but it is an important one. James Daughdrill ("Diversity at the Service of Politics," Column Right, Dec. 16) correctly observes that hiring quotas based on gender and race actually prevent diversity. The tragedy of this travesty is that although legally discriminating policies will result in hiring more women and minorities, not hiring the best-qualified persons--regardless of gender, race or any other criterion--will diminish the long-term quality of college and university programs, a price too high to pay. Worst of all, women and minorities hired under such personnel policies will forever be stigmatized: Colleagues will never regard them as real peers, and students will question their qualifications because preferential policies, not education and work experience, determined their employment.
October 4, 1998
Your topic, "How Do We Strengthen Reading?" (Valley Voices, Sept. 27) was fine. But as I read through it, I noticed that all the parents quoted were mothers. Homemakers no less. There's nothing wrong with being a homemaker, but very few women have the luxury of not needing a job and being able to stay at home. What's more, half of the parents are fathers. I suggest that next time you look for diversity in responses. I'm only 11, but even I could see the irony of the article being printed right next to an article about female rights.
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